Mazda MX-5 review - Reliability and safety

Mazda’s reputation for reliability is sound, while a suite of assistance systems boost the MX-5's safety

Overall Auto Express Rating

5.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£24,480 to £30,260
Representative Example - Personal Contract Purchase: Cash Price £10,000.00, Deposit £1500.00, borrowing £8,500.00 over 4 years at 7.4% Representative APR (fixed). 47 monthly payments of £132.04 followed by a final payment of £4127.50. Total cost of credit £1833.38. Total amount payable £11,833.38. Based on 8,000 miles per annum. Excess mileage charges apply if exceeded. Finance subject to status 18+ only.

The latest Mazda MX-5 still retains a relatively simple mechanical layout, as well as plenty of electronic kit shared with existing models, so the car should provide trouble-free motoring. It’s worth noting, however, that if you plan to drive it hard – on road or track – then perishables such as brake discs, brake pads and tyres will need replacing more frequently.

The two-seat roadster didn't feature in our 2021 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although Mazda itself achieved an excellent 4th place out of 29 manufacturers.

Euro NCAP gave the MX-5 four stars for safety when it was tested in 2015. It lost a star because active city stop isn't standard. Front and side airbags, Dynamic Stability Control and traction control are all available across the line-up, while Sport Tech cars feature Blind Spot Monitoring, a Driver Attention Alert and a Lane Departure Warning.

Warranty

Mazda offers a standard three-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the MX-5. These days, with some companies offering four, five or seven years of cover, this is about average. Like many three-year policies, the roadster’s warranty can be extended for a variable cost, but this additional peace of mind is provided by a third party and a car will need to have less than 100,000 miles on the clock to qualify for an upgrade.

Servicing

Service intervals for the MX-5 are every 12,500 miles or annually, whichever comes first. Mazda offers a three-year service plan which is available for £649 up-front, or paid over monthly instalments.

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